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Welcome to the ClimbingTechTips Sport Climbing video series.

Sport climbing is a great way to get into lead climbing and build strength, while spending time with friends in the great outdoors. Additionally, sport climbing is more approachable than traditional climbing because it does not require the time and technical proficiency of placing “trad gear” (cams, stoppers, etc.) while on lead. Just clip the bolts and climb on!

Sport climbing helps the leader build endurance, mental fortitude, technical skills, route finding, and movement skills. It also requires less gear, so the point of entry for sport climbing is less expensive — and it often involves less hiking to get to the crag, as compared to traditional (“trad”) climbing areas.

That stated, sport climbing is potentially dangerous and should not be taken lightly. It requires specific skills, as shown in this video series.

Sport climbing requires physical ability, but also demands common sense and the ability to assess risk. This series should be used in conjunction with our Gym Lead Climbing series. Also be sure to review our previous outdoor climbing videos on Tying In, Basic Anchor Building, Belaying, Partner Communications, and Rappelling.

Let’s get started! Our Sport Climbing video series is below. Be careful out there, and be sure to have fun!

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Please remember, climbing is inherently dangerous. Climb at your own risk.

The Perfect Training Platformvideo

Sport Climbing: 1. The Perfect Training Platform

  1. The Perfect Training Platform To kick off our Sport Climbing series, we start by reviewing how sport climbing differs from the other types of...
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Sport Climbing: 2. Clipping Considerations for the Leader

  2. Clipping Considerations for the Leader In this video we review clipping considerations for the leader while sport climbing. There are two main actions when...
3-Sport - Quickdraw Considerationsvideo

Sport Climbing: 3. Quickdraw Considerations

  3. Quickdraw Considerations In this video we review quickdraw considerations for the leader while sport climbing. - Carry enough draws for the route plus two...
Crimping Techniquevideo

Sport Climbing: 4. Crimping Techniques

  4. Crimping Techniques In this video we review proper crimping techniques used while sport climbing. As you progress in sport climbing, certain routes will require...
Dynamic Movementvideo

Sport Climbing: 5. Dynamic Movement

  5. Dynamic Movement In this video we review dynamic movement. Dynamic movement, in contrast to static movement, is a very gymnastic way of climbing. It...
Sport-Falling While on Leadvideo

Sport Climbing: 6. Falling While on Lead

  6. Falling While on Lead In this video we review falling considerations for the lead climber in sport climbing. Sport climbing presents a unique opportunity for...
Soft Catchesvideo

Sport Climbing: 7. Soft Catches

  7. Soft Catches In this video we review “soft catches,” a belaying technique which gently catches a lead fall. Sport climbing allows climbers to test...
Fixed Drawsvideo

Sport Climbing: 8. Fixed Draws

  8. Fixed Draws In this video we review considerations for using fixed draws when sport climbing. For elite, difficult, and high-level sport climbing, climbers may...
Rope Considerations for Leadervideo

Sport Climbing: 9. Rope Considerations for the Leader

  9. Rope Considerations for the Leader In this video we review rope considerations for the leader when sport climbing. As the saying goes, “Climbing isn't...
Successful Projectingvideo

Sport Climbing: 10. Successful Projecting

  10. Successful Projecting In this video we review the definition of, and considerations for, successful projecting. On-sighting a route is one of the most gratifying achievements...
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Sport Climbing: 11. Resting on Routes

  Sport Climbing: 11. Resting on Routes In this video we review the importance of resting on routes. While on a long route, it is important...

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